All the tathagatas who have entered this world have expounded the inestimable and eternal dharma.
A monk asked, ‘Master Ma, why do you say that mind is Buddha?’
Present! Talks of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (Around 26 minutes) Talks at Tassajara Zen Mountain Centre.
As expressed in these words, we vow to awaken to the Way of Buddha. To receive the precepts means that by repeatedly making repentance, it is possible to awaken to the Dharma and this is why we chant these vows. Using these four vows as a common guide for all mankind…
When I first came across this word ‘Suchness’ in Zen literature, I thought, ‘What the heck is Suchness?
It is a sermon not by exhortation, reasoning or threats but by example…
Short video (4mins): ‘An introduction to Zen’
This is an old film about Buddhism in Japan, but well worth watching.